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9 Things You Didn't Know About Utah

Updated on January 1, 2015

Utah Led the Nation in Women's Suffrage

I find this to be one of the most interesting factoids about Utah. In 1870, a full 50 years before any other state, Utah granted women the right to vote.

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It's the Green Jell-O Capital of the World

As odd as it sounds, more green Jell-O is consumed in Utah than anywhere else. It's apparently a favorite snack of Utah Mormons. Why or how this came to be, I don't know. The weirdest part is that it is often served with shredded carrots in it. Yum?

They Have the Best Snow on Earth

That's no joke. There's a reason people flock to Utah to go skiing and snowboarding. It really has been proven that the snow in Utah is the best powder for the sport. It's the perfect combination of salt and powder.

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You've Been Warned: No Detonating Your Nukes

Utah has a law stating that it's illegal to detonate a nuclear bomb anywhere inside the state. That itself is not too unreasonable I suppose, but it's not illegal to own a nuclear bomb...

Home to the Deepest Open-Pit Mine

The world's deepest open-pit mine, the Kennecott Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, lies in Utah. What makes this mine even cooler is that it can be seen from space!

Home to FIVE National Parks

Utah has such an amazing and unique geography that it's no wonder they have so many national parks!

Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Zion National Park | Source

Arches National Park

Arches National Park
Arches National Park | Source

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park | Source

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park | Source

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park | Source

The Bonneville Salt Flats

The salt flats in Utah are home to various land-speed records. The fastest motorcycle in the world was clocked at about 350 MPH there! The popular Triumph Bonneville motorcycle was named after the area.

The endangered June sucker fish.
The endangered June sucker fish. | Source

The June Sucker Fish

The only place in the world you'll find the June sucker fish is in Utah's Provo River and Utah Lake. The species in endangered and is under protection now.

Butch Cassidy

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids" was filmed in Utah because that's where the real Butch Cassidy was born.

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